Wasn't quite sure where to post this. My Specialized Tricross Sport, which was originally designed to take cantilever brakes. However the one I got came setup with v brakes, but with apparently standard Tiagra STI shifters, and cyclocross interrupters. The braking has never been great, and the pads have to be set up very close to the rim, which makes them very susceptible to minor deformations in the rim.
The LBS has now received authorisation to swap the brakes over to cantilevers at no cost to me.
This is probably a no-brainer, but is there any reason I wouldn't want to make this swap? V-brakes are theoretically "better", but without matching levers, I'd surely be better off swapping?
I'm not a big brake freak, and haven't had problems stopping when I need to, but I do find when braking I have to squeeze a long way to get from nothing, through that hissing sound, to actually really grab the rim. Is that what you'd expect, or do I just not know what I'm talking about?